Past Exhibition: Mortlake Terrace

Mortlake Terrace: Turner’s Companion Pieces Reunited
October 8, 1996 to May 11, 1997
Painting of pastoral estate by a river lined with trees.

On loan from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., Joseph Mallord William Turner's Mortlake Terrace, Summer’s Evening of 1827 hung for six months beside its companion piece, The Frick Collection's Mortlake Terrace: Early Summer Morning, executed a year earlier. Both were painted for William Moffatt and depict The Limes, Moffatt's home overlooking the Thames at Mortlake, near Kew Gardens to the west of central London. The Frick painting shows Moffatt's house at the end of a tree-lined esplanade fronting the Thames, while the National Gallery work was painted from inside the house looking out in the opposite direction, over the gardens and the river. Reunited for the first time in nearly a century, the pair presented a peaceful panorama of suburban London life captured at the start of day and at day's end, with the scenic activity of the Thames in the background.

Joseph Mallord William Turner, Mortlake Terrace: Early Summer Morning, 1826, oil on canvas (lined), The Frick Collection, New York.

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